In Progress: Custom Home, Devon Road, Oakville, Net Zero

01.04.20

Net Zero Wedgewood Park

Framing and roofing are now in progress on Devon Road part of East Oakville’s Wedgewood Park which is becoming a very popular neighbourhood. After seeing so many resales that weren’t quite what they wanted our clients approached Chatsworth to build their dream home “just as they wanted it”. The interior design features a transitional tone with simplified designs but is well appointed with panelling and multi-level plaster mould ceilings. The rear of the home will have a covered porch to provide shelter for alfresco dining or just sitting and admiring the garden. Special features include a theatre room for a true theatre experience at home and accommodation will be made for an elevator to answer possible future mobility challenges. In blog updates we look forward to giving “sneak peaks” of the latest design trends that flow through the home’s interior.

After discussing the merits and benefits of high performance building like ENERGY STAR®, R2000 and Net Zero, after much deliberation, Net Zero was the chosen program. A Net Zero home is built to a standard which will be the code norm in less than 10 years. Where comfort and energy savings are on the list, a Net Zero home can address each of the homeowner’s priorities. When designing a Net Zero home you are not forced into a rigid format but are allowed to focus on the areas that are important to you as a homeowner.

For example in this project after reviewing the cost differential for triple glazed windows a decision was made to stay with double glazed windows (albeit high performance windows). The chosen windows have a coating which blocks the sun’s energy, keeping the home cool and comfortable in the summer and reducing energy bills. A zip panel exterior provides insulated sheathing and reduces wasted heat caused by “thermal bridging”. These choices have to pass by the energy advisors for analysis to make sure the energy design is optimized!!!

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